AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship

AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship

Favorite Lynnder 16 scores wire-to-wire win.

Lynnder 16 2020 Awards Recognition Concepts Distaff Challenge. Coady Photography

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A sharp break from post 2 helped Lynnder 16 earn a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the $101,675 AQHA Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at The Downs at Albuquerque on Saturday.

Prepped by Jason Olmstead for owners Tom Maher and Richard L. Tobin and sent to post as the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares, Lynnder 16 went 400 yards in :19.666. Berkley Packer rode the 4-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess.

Lynnder 16 was bred in Oklahoma and James and Marilyn Helzer, and she was stretching out in distance off of her third-place finish in a 350-yard, $28,000 open-condition allowance dash at Lone Star Park on September 26. Campaigned in five states, the mare has won 11 of 23 races, including five of nine at the 400-yard distance, and the $47,787 winner's share of the purse from her fifth lifetime stakes score pushed her earnings to $688,568.

Lynnder 16 has won two graded stakes, including the 2018 Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-bred 2-year-olds. The mare was also a finalist in that season's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

JR Prissys Blood, Loco Ocho, The Polar Vortex, El Oh El, Splendid Cause, Lovely Cuvee, and Fosse completed the order of finish.

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